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European Terror Attacks, Nuclear Talks with Iran, Same-Sex Marriage at the Supreme Court

January 16, 2015
Reverberations from the terror attack in Paris continued this week as dozens of arrests have been made, and Europe remains on heightened alert. Plus, nuclear talks with Iran continue, and President Obama is threatening to veto legislation imposing more sanctions on Iran saying they would derail progress. The Supreme Court will decide the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. Republicans are meeting in California this week, while several have already started making moves towards a 2016 White House campaign. And in our Friday Focus, John Harwood of CNBC previews President Obama's State of the Union address.
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Obama pushes paid sick/family leave for workers

January 16, 2015
Christi Parsons | Los Angeles Times
President Obama embarked on an effort Thursday to make paid family leave the new norm in America, using a strategy that garnered him some success last year in increasing the minimum wage for certain workers.
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Four top Secret Service executives told to leave their posts in agency shake-up

January 15, 2015
Carol Leonnig | The Washington Post
The Secret Service is forcing out four of its most senior officials while two others are retiring — the biggest management shake-up at the troubled agency since its director resigned in October after a string of security lapses.
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Obama's Next Foray: Paid Sick Leave

January 15, 2015
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
Ted Kennedy is gone and Iowa’s Tom Harkin retired from the Senate last year, but in their absence, President Obama on Thursday plans to echo their advocacy for paid sick leave, championed by Democratic stalwarts in Congress and by organized labor over many decades.
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Obama, congressional leaders huddle at the White House, with few signs of accord

January 14, 2015
Ed O'Keefe, Sean Sullivan | The Washington Post
At least they have college football. That appeared to be the only subject of real agreement between congressional Republicans and President Obama on Tuesday as both sides met for the first time this year.
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Cabinet Room Summit Could Be Chilly

January 13, 2015
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
President Obama’s meeting Tuesday with House and Senate lawmakers at the White House is scheduled to last 90 minutes, but judging from a week of rancor, it could be a shorter session. The midday Cabinet Room gathering, structured for business rather than a casual lunch, is supposed to kick off discussions about common goals, the president’s spokesman said Monday.
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No answer for homegrown terrorism?

January 9, 2015
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
In early 2011, White House officials realized they had a problem on their hands: the threat of homegrown Islamic radicalism. In the two years since President Obama had taken office, several young Muslim Americans had plotted terrorist attacks at home, including one who nearly exploded a car bomb in Times Square. White House aides concluded that the government’s efforts to combat radicalism within America’s Muslim communities were a disjointed mess.
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Obama plan would make community colleges nearly free for millions

January 9, 2015
Jason Song, Teresa Watanabe, Christi Parsons | Los Angeles Times
Aiming to dramatically expand access to higher education, President Obama on Thursday proposed making community college virtually free for millions of high school graduates — a potential boon for California's system, the largest in the nation.
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President Obama defends free speech after Paris attack

January 8, 2015
Josh Gerstein | POLITICO
President Barack Obama fiercely defended the virtues of free expression following a shooting spree at a Paris satirical publication Wednesday, a sharp contrast to his more tepid response to previous attacks involving issues of religion and free speech.
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